Raise your hand if breakfast means downing a bowl of cereal before rushing out the door. Or a doughnut off that tray in your office’s common room. Or even just a hastily slurped cup of coffee at your desk.
Yup, we feel your sugar crash and caffeine rush.
Even though fewer people are eating breakfast at all, it’s still considered the “most important” meal of the day. Some studies show that eating a well-balanced breakfast has benefits for physical and mental health.
But it’s also the meal that most of us don’t have time for. That’s where meal-prepping comes in handy — to make sure you’ve got good, healthy eats on hand every morning.
We’re taking make-ahead breakfast recipes one step further with this roundup and offering you 17 meals that are easy to make ahead and portable.
So hit that snooze button one more time. You can grab something healthy from your own kitchen and go.
Cheese, eggs, and breakfast potatoes don’t have to be limited to weekend brunches. Turn them into a weekday staple with this sheet pan recipe, which shows you how to prep, store (freeze), and enjoy six portions.
Put your meal-prep containers to good use with these hearty breakfast bowls. With brown rice, sautéed kale, avocado, and hard-boiled egg, this well-balanced breakfast is hearty enough to keep your stomach from growling midmorning.
Don’t miss out on a great source of fiber and heart-healthy oats just because you have no time to make it on the stove. Put the mix in a muffin tin and bake, and you’ve got grab-and-go oats instead.
Yes, chocolate chips must be involved, obviously.
Not an ounce of dairy or a grain in sight in these veggie-packed muffins, which get seriously good flavor from diced ham. Talk about super-satisfying.
Yes, we’re loving cauliflower rice for meal-prep breakfasts. It’s a super easy way to start the day with healthy vegetables. This recipe also includes bell peppers, turkey bacon, and — oh, yeaaah — cheddar cheese.
But don’t put mason jars in the oven. Mason jars are not created to withstand dry heat and can shatter.
These big boys will see you straight through to dinner on a busy day. They’re loaded with eggs, sausage, beans, tomatoes, cheese, and — get this — tater tots(!) and wrapped in flour tortillas.
We’ll admit it: Tater tots were a childhood fave. Today, we like this do-ahead freezer recipe for homemade hash browns.
Grapefruit and ginger create a zesty, refreshing contrast to the creamy and slightly sweet coconut milk. Let the chia mixture thicken overnight so it has the consistency of a rich pudding.
Packed with quinoa, flax, and almond butter, these squares have a lot more protein than your average breakfast bar. But because they also include chocolate chips, bananas, and a bit of coconut sugar, they’re sweet enough to taste like dessert.
A healthier take on dessert — er, breakfast — bars, these bake-ahead portables are loaded with goodness. The crust of oats, coconut oil, banana, and maple syrup supports a topping of fresh berries, chia seeds, and oats sweetened with raspberry jelly.
Use a high-quality jam or jelly — fruit should be the first ingredient.
No wimpy freezer-section cheese taquitos here. Homemade turkey sausage, eggs, cheese, sweet potatoes, and bell peppers stuff these corn tortilla roll-ups.
The recipe makes a generous 20 taquitos (3 per serving). Having a supply of them in your freezer will make your week’s breakfast a breeze.
Overnight oats are the ultimate make-ahead breakfast, and with the classic peanut butter and banana combo and your favorite nondairy milk, this concoction will sustain you until lunchtime.
Sprinkle some cinnamon on top. Research has shown it can have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and cardio-protective effects.
If eating first thing in the morning isn’t your jam, try sipping a smoothie for some much-needed a.m. fuel. Portion all the ingredients into zip-top bags and store ’em in the freezer.
Just throw the contents in the blender in the morning and pour into a portable mug for a healthy, tropical breakfast mocktail. Smoooooooth.
Layers of berries, Greek yogurt, cornflakes, and sliced almonds make these parfaits creamy, crunchy, sweet, and tangy all at once. Prep six of them in one go so you have a pretty and satisfying breakfast waiting for you, even on the busiest days.
14. Easy egg wraps
If you’re doing Whole30, going grain-free, or just trying to live on the lighter side of carbs, tuck your favorite sandwich fillings into an egg wrap. You can go savory with meat and avocado or even take the sweet route with fresh fruit.
Give that drive-through — and your wallet — a break without forgoing McMuffins. This recipe fills your freezer with six tasty, hearty, ready-to-heat breakfast sandwiches for a fraction of the cost.
Now that’s a value meal.
This blogger generously provides not one, not two, but eight suggestions for flavor combos in these to-go oatmeal cups, including peanut butter-chocolate and orange-ginger.
The one thing they have in common? They take all of 5 minutes to put together. Oh, and they’re delicious.
A gluten-free superfood spin on overnight oats, this recipe uses quinoa as its base. Stir in some spices, sweetness, and fruit and you’ve got yourself a chilled breakfast that packs in protein and fiber.